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Solving sets of differential equations -- this should be easy...

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  • Subject: [mg3341] Solving sets of differential equations -- this should be easy...
  • From: axf at HPP.Stanford.EDU (Adam Farquhar)
  • Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 03:23:05 -0500
  • Organization: Knowledge Systems Lab, Stanford University
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

I have what should be a very simple problem, but I can't convince
Mathematica to give me an answer in the form that I need.  I have sets
of equations like

	{x[t] == y'[t], y[t] == 5}

that I would like to solve.  If I try the obvious

	DSolve[{x[t] == y'[t], y[t] == 5},x[t],t]

I get 
	Out[14]=
		{{x[t] -> y'[t]}}

as the result.  I would like, of course, to see {{x[t] -> 0}}. How can I 
get Mathematica to give me this answer?

The equations are being generated automatically, and Mathematica is being 
called remotely.  The solution should be in the form of a single 
self-contained request with no side-effects.

Many thanks for your help,

Adam

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Dr. Adam Farquhar             
Knowledge Systems Lab         URL: www-ksl.stanford.edu/people/axf
Gates Bldg 2A MC9020	      Email: afarquhar at ksl.stanford.edu
Stanford University	      Tel:   415-723-9770
Stanford, CA 94305            Fax:   415-725-5850


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Dr. Adam Farquhar             
Knowledge Systems Lab         URL: www-ksl.stanford.edu/people/axf
Gates Bldg 2A MC9020	      Email: afarquhar at ksl.stanford.edu
Stanford University	      Tel:   415-723-9770
Stanford, CA 94305            Fax:   415-725-5850

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